Author Topic: OOOPSO, wrong button. Ignore that incoming ballistic missle warning, public!  (Read 643 times)

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Offline Nan D.

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http://edition.cnn.com/2018/01/13/politics/hawaii-missile-threat-false-alarm/index.html

It took them 38 minutes to actually get everything sorted???  A large number of people almost assuredly had a "Come To Jesus" (or fill in the deity of your choice) half-hour, there...  :o :o

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The fact that an accident like that happened is one thing, but then to not correct it for over half an hour?! Insanity. Not even going to worry right now about the WH insisting it was an “exercise” when it assuredly was an accident. No, not thinking about that.

I imagine a fair amount of people must’ve been like “WELL HERE WE GO ::open liquor cabinet::”.


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I can’t even imagine.....
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So there is a button on Larry's desk that sets off the nuclear alert?
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I imagine a fair amount of people must’ve been like “WELL HERE WE GO ::open liquor cabinet::”.


There is a great thread on Reddit where people who were actually there tell stories of what it was like for them. 

There was one alcoholic guy who had been sober for years and started drinking.  Not any wild doomsday sex stories as most people said it was kind of hard to get in the mood.  One guy was in a youth hostel with a bunch of girls and said all he could do was tell some dumb jokes and the apocalypse orgy never kicked off.  One guy tells the story of asking to get a hug from his Filipino boss, which was quite awkward when the alarm was called off.

Apparently the airport was pretty chaotic as they wouldn't let any planes take off and people just started walking off the planes around the runway.  Some people just left the airport.

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There is a great thread on Reddit where people who were actually there tell stories of what it was like for them. 

There was one alcoholic guy who had been sober for years and started drinking.  Not any wild doomsday sex stories as most people said it was kind of hard to get in the mood.  One guy was in a youth hostel with a bunch of girls and said all he could do was tell some dumb jokes and the apocalypse orgy never kicked off.  One guy tells the story of asking to get a hug from his Filipino boss, which was quite awkward when the alarm was called off.

Apparently the airport was pretty chaotic as they wouldn't let any planes take off and people just started walking off the planes around the runway.  Some people just left the airport.

Just insane. I can’t even begin to imagine what it would’ve felt like.

Now to find that Reddit thread...


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Just insane. I can’t even begin to imagine what it would’ve felt like.

Now to find that Reddit thread...


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She was kind of a mess... to say the least.
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So my mom evacuated from the Montecito mudslides after being trapped on their road for a few days (Tuesday - Friday). She evacuated to.... Honolulu. Needless to say, I've uninvited her from evacuating to my house in the UK.

She was kind of a mess... to say the least.

Does she have any sanity left?  I'd be a raving lunatic at this point.  :/
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So my mom evacuated from the Montecito mudslides after being trapped on their road for a few days (Tuesday - Friday). She evacuated to.... Honolulu. Needless to say, I've uninvited her from evacuating to my house in the UK.

She was kind of a mess... to say the least.

My heart dropped reading that. Is she managing right now? I think I would've just had a breakdown at that point.
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So my mom evacuated from the Montecito mudslides after being trapped on their road for a few days (Tuesday - Friday). She evacuated to.... Honolulu. Needless to say, I've uninvited her from evacuating to my house in the UK.

She was kind of a mess... to say the least.

Oh. My. God.  Your poor Mum!

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I heard an interview with a parent who had to decide which kid to go to find to be with when it hit. Talk about a Sophie's Choice! :-\\\\

And there was one guy trying to convince his pre-teen to go in the manhole into the sewer. Bless him, as if that would have helped.  Sometimes it would be better to be incinerated in an instant, rather than to die slowly of radiation poisoning over days/weeks/months. It's not like it can be cured.

Brings back all the "duck and cover" drill memories from when I was a kid in the Greater NYC area. As if staying in the basement was going to make a difference, a few miles from ground zero. I particularly remember the drill we had when the USA blockaded Cuba, and if the Soviet ships had not turned around all hell would have broken loose. Everyone had to stay indoors, and my mother, the health food nut who didn't keep candy in the house, gave me an entire large bag of M&Ms. And was crying. She said, no, we didn't need to go into the basement like it said on the radio, and yes, I could keep looking out the window. It was a pretty day outside. Sunshine, flowers, birds chirping....

I do hope they get this insanity sorted out before it becomes established permanently as the new reality. Again.  It wasn't good the last time. No need to repeat it.  We do remember it. Really.
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I do hope they get this insanity sorted out before it becomes established permanently as the new reality.

It is a funny thing. One minute, "Oh god we're all going to die!" the next, "OK back to work".

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Really.

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New York Times have just reported that the employee who sent the alert didn't think he made a mistake.  He legitimately believed there was an incoming ICBM.  So s/he definitely had a bad day!  Same panic, followed by utter mortification.  That's the sort of thing that puts you in a padded cell for a while.

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/30/technology/fcc-hawaii-missile-alert.html?smid=fb-nytimes&smtyp=cur

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Check this out from the article :
"The worker who sent a false alert warning of an incoming ballistic missile this month had a long history of poor performance"

So, he's screwed up several times before but we are hanging in there to see if his performance improves?  Maybe they could move him to something a bit less crucial?

On the other hand, I think his performance was admirable since he actually thought he was going to die in 30 minutes.  Anything he did after properly sending the message is above and beyond the call of duty.  I would have ran home straight after sending the message.